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Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs - The Verge
The T2 is “a guillotine that [Apple is] holding over” product owners, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens told The Verge over email. That’s because it’s the key to locking down Mac products by only allowing select replacement parts into the machine when they’ve come from an authorized source — a process that the T2 chip now checks for during post-repair reboot. “It’s very possible the goal is to exert more control over who can perform repairs by limiting access to parts,” Wiens said. “This could be an attempt to grab more market share from the independent repair providers. Or it could be a threat to keep their authorized network in line. We just don’t know.”
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Getting the iPad to Pro — by Craig Mod
Which is to say: For years now, the iPad’s shortcomings are all in iOS.

On a gut level, today’s iPad hardware feels about two or three years ahead of its software. Which is unfortunate, but not unfixable.
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4 days ago by leolaporte
Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more - CNET
The world's largest e-commerce company said Friday it'll soon start selling more Apple products directly and have access to Apple's latest devices, including the new iPad Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and Apple Watch Series 4, as well as Apple's lineup of Beats headphones. The Amazon-Apple deal encompasses the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and India, with the new products hitting Amazon sites in the coming weeks.

Only Apple-authorized resellers will now be allowed to sell Apple and Beats products on Amazon's marketplace
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Apple’s price hike strategy is paying off - The Verge
The increase suggests that Apple’s price hike strategy appears to be working; the trillion-dollar company introduced its first smartphone to cross the thousand-dollar starting price in 2017 with the 10th anniversary iPhone, and continued the trend of pricier phones this year with the $749 iPhone XR, $999 iPhone XS, and $1,099 iPhone XS Max. (It also discontinued its cheapest $399 iPhone SE after the announcement.)
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Apple will stop reporting unit sales for iPhone, iPad and Mac from next quarter - 9to5Mac
Apple just announced on its earnings call that it will stop reporting unit sales for iPhone, iPad and Mac from next quarter — the start of its next financial year. The company already withheld unit sales for Apple Watch, AirPods and similar products as part of its ‘Other Products’ business.

However, opting not to release numbers for its biggest revenue drivers, especially the iPhone, is a huge deal. It means investors can only guess at just how successful Apple’s flagship products are being received by the market.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
How Apple's acquisition talks with Leap Motion fell through — twice - Business Insider
"That's why the Apple thing didn't work out. David was like, 'I'm never going to go work for those guys, they're the devil,'" a person who worked for Leap Motion at the time said.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Some Apple Watch users experiencing bricked devices after updating to watchOS 5.1 - 9to5Mac
A small number of users on Reddit, Twitter, and our own Guilherme Rambo are reporting that their Apple Watch has been bricked after updating to watchOS 5.1, getting stuck on the Apple logo. Restarting the Apple Watch and paired iPhone doesn’t seem to fix the issue and some users have been waiting several hours to no avail.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Blackmagic Design launches new eGPU Pro with Radeon RX Vega 56 alongside new Macs - 9to5Mac
Alongside the brand new Mac mini and MacBook Air, Blackmagic Design has launched a new external graphics chassis with a faster Radeon RX Vega 64 inside. The Blackmagic eGPU Pro provides a significantly faster GPU than its non-‘pro’ predecessor, along with the addition of DisplayPort connectivity.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the “data industrial complex” | TechCrunch
“Taken to the extreme this process creates an enduring digital profile and lets companies know you better than you may know yourself. Your profile is a bunch of algorithms that serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into harm.”

“We shouldn’t sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance,” he added.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Apple to Launch TV Subscription Service Globally — The Information
Apple is planning to launch its upcoming TV subscription service in more than 100 countries, three people familiar with the company’s plans told The Information. That would quickly make Apple a competitor with both Amazon and Netflix, both of whose video services are widely available internationally.
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23 days ago by leolaporte
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story
This is an extraordinary statement from Cook and Apple. The company has never previously publicly (though it may have done so privately) called for the retraction of a news story — even in cases where the stories have had major errors or were demonstratively false, such as a This American Life episode that was shown to be fabricated.
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26 days ago by leolaporte
Apple Invites Media to October 30th Event in New York City - Mac Rumors
Apple today sent out media invites for a second major 2018 event set to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House.

Apple's October event, which will focus on products not introduced at the iPhone-centric event in September, will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
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28 days ago by leolaporte
Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe | TechCrunch
Dialog says post the acquisition, the remaining part of the business will focus more on IoT, as well as mobile, automotive, computing and storage markets, specifically as a provider of custom and configurable mixed-signal integrated circuit chips.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple Releasing iOS 12.0.1 With Fixes for Wi-Fi 2.4GHz Bug, Lightning Charging Issue [Update: Now Available] - Mac Rumors
iOS 12.0.1 also fixes a major Wi-Fi bug that could cause some iPhone XS devices to prefer to join a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network rather than a 5GHz Wi-Fi network, resulting in perceived slower Wi-Fi connection speeds. After this update, many users who were stuck with their phones connecting to a 2.4GHz network should see much faster Wi-Fi connection speeds as the devices once again prefer a 5GHz network.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs: Core i9-9900K (8-Core), i7-9700K, & i5-9600K
Leading from the top of the stack is the Core i9-9900K, Intel’s new flagship mainstream processor. This part is eight full cores with hyperthreading, with a base frequency of 3.6 GHz at 95W TDP, and a turbo up to 5.0 GHz on two cores. Memory support is up to dual channel DDR4-2666. The Core i9-9900K builds upon the Core i7-8086K from the 8th Generation product line by adding two more cores, and increasing that 5.0 GHz turbo from one core to two cores. The all-core turbo is 4.7 GHz, so it will be interesting to see what the power consumption is when the processor is fully loaded. The Core i9 family will have the full 2MB of L3 cache per core. 
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Intel Announces Xeon W-3175X: 28-Core Processor for Extreme Workstations
Intel on Monday officially introduced its 28-core processor for extreme workstations that it teased first back in June. The new chip comes with unlocked multiplier and can run at up to 4.3 GHz in burst mode.

The Intel Xeon W-3175X CPU is based on the Skylake/Cascade Lake microarchitecture and is compatible with motherboards featuring Intel’s LGA3647 server-based socket. The CPUs runs at 3.1 GHz stock, but can increase its frequency to 4.3 GHz, it features a six-channel DDR4 memory controller that supports up to 512 GB and a massive 38.5 MB cache. Since the chip uses a new socket, it is naturally not compatible with any motherboards available on the market. Meanwhile, to date, only ASUS and GIGABYTE have confirmed plans to offer mainboards for Intel’s Xeon W-3175X.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros - Motherboard
Apple has introduced software locks that will effectively prevent independent and third-party repair on 2018 MacBook Pro computers, according to internal Apple documents obtained by Motherboard. The new system will render the computer “inoperative” unless a proprietary Apple “system configuration” software is run after parts of the system are replaced.

According to the document, which was distributed to Apple’s Authorized Service Providers late last month, this policy will apply to all Apple computers with the “T2” security chip, which is present in 2018 MacBook Pros as well as the iMac Pro.

The software lock will kick in for any repair which involves replacing a MacBook Pro’s display assembly, logic board, top case (the keyboard, touchpad, and internal housing), and Touch ID board. On iMac Pros, it will kick in if the Logic Board or flash storage are replaced. The computer will only begin functioning again after Apple or a member of one of Apple’s Authorized Service Provider repair program runs diagnostic software called Apple Service Toolkit 2.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Three US universities now let students use iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card | 9to5Mac
From today, Apple is announcing the first partners for its new contactless ID card features introduced in iOS 12 and watchOS 5. Students at Duke University, University of Alabama and University of Oklahoma, can now add their ID card to the Apple Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

By using contactless NFC readers, students can use their digital ID card to access dorms, dining halls, library and the gym. You can also use it to pay for bookstore supplies, laundry usage and restaurant meals.

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Apple has slowly been expanding the capabilities of Apple Wallet beyond contactless payments at retailers. It has expanded to offering Apple Pay on the web, Apple Pay transit cards, store loyalty cards and now, student ID cards.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple wins appeal of $234 million patent dispute with university - The Verge
A federal appeals court has ruled in Apple’s favor in a patent dispute with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The court ruling, initially spotted by Reuters, said that that Apple didn’t infringe on one of the university’s patents, overturning a prior ruling in the university’s favor that had fined Apple $234 million. Another $272 million was later added to that fine to account for Apple’s continued use of the patent, but that will presumably be thrown out now that the underlying judgment has been reversed.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms - WSJ
Apple’s entertainment team must walk a line few in Hollywood would consider. Since Mr. Cook spiked “Vital Signs,” Apple has made clear, say producers and agents, that it wants high-quality shows with stars and broad appeal, but it doesn’t want gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game – GeekWire
At the same time, Microsoft is drawing attention to features initially developed only for Education Edition that have started crossing over to consumer Minecraft. The first is the Chemistry Resource Pack, which was announced for schools in January and uses game-based learning to introduce chemistry concepts. It features a full periodic table and a compounding table, similar to Minecraft’s crafting table.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
2018 iPhone Pre-orders to Take Place on September 14 According to German Carriers - Mac Rumors
Apple typically unveils new iPhones on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays, but because Tuesday falls on September 11, there has been some speculation that Apple will avoid holding an event on that day.

Back in 2012, when September 11 also fell on a Tuesday, Apple opted to hold its event on Wednesday, September 12 instead, and it's believed Apple will do the same thing this year.

Following the September 14 pre-order date, iPhones will begin delivering to customers the following Friday, September 21, which will probably be the official launch date for the device.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon miss out on money as Millennials share passwords
Hill and Magid said 35 percent of millennials share passwords for streaming services. That's compared with 19 percent of Generation X subscribers and 13 percent of Baby Boomers. Take those password-sharing rates, the tens of millions of paying subscribers for various services and the monthly subscription cost of a service like Netflix, and that can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue that streaming companies aren't booking.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini - Bloomberg
The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which will remain about 13-inches, will be a higher-resolution "Retina" version that Apple uses on other products, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing products still in development. Apple spokesman Bill Evans declined to comment.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets | TechCrunch
TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Netflix, in its own words, is “testing the iTunes payment method” in 33 countries. More specifically, Netflix is testing how to bypass iTunes. Until September 30, new or lapsed subscribers in selected markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia will be unable pay using iTunes. They are instead getting redirected to the mobile web version to log payment details directly with Netflix.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On
The A76 being a 2018 product – and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption. Hercules is said to be the next iteration of the microarchitecture for 2020 products and the first 5nm implementations. This is as far as Arm is willing to project in the future for today’s disclosure, as the Sophia team is working on the next big microarchitecture push, which I suspect will be the successor to Hercules in 2021.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
PSA: 2018 MacBook Pro “Speaker Crackling” Issue Is Related to the CPU / Apple’s Patch Did Not Fix All CPU-Related Issues : macbookpro
Along with George, fellow audio engineer John Marshall suggests the artifacts could be due to CPU-related deferred procedure call (DPC) latency issues, which are typically only found in Windows-based PCs. In Windows, this can usually be mitigated "by disabling C-States in the BIOS so that the CPU clock is constant." George states, "It's not as often discussed in the Mac world since there aren't really any OS tweaks or driver adjustments in Mac that change DPC performance."
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Melbourne teen hacked into Apple's secure computer network, court told
The Children’s Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90gb of secure files and accessed customer accounts.

His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.

The teen’s defence lawyer said his client had become so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk.
The Crown prosecutor also acknowledged that Apple was “very sensitive about publicity”.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Apple probed in Japan over anti-competitive behavior - Nikkei Asian Review
The Fair Trade Commission and the industry ministry began receiving reports from Yahoo last fall about issues surrounding its Game Plus platform. The web-based service, launched in July 2017, lets users play games without needing to download apps. For developers, the service features much looser restrictions surrounding sales, fees and software updates than Apple's App Store.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not
For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Invisible Mouse Clicks Let Hackers Burrow Deep into MacOS | WIRED
Apple responded by patching Wardle's mouse-key hack. But when he later tried testing ways to get around that patch, he stumbled into an even stranger bug. A synthetic click includes both a "down" command and an "up" command, which correlate to clicking a mouse and then releasing it. But Wardle accidentally copied and pasted the wrong snippet of code, so that it performed two down commands instead. When he ran that code, the operating system mysteriously translated the second "down" into an "up," completing the click. And those "down-down" synthetic clicks, Wardle discovered, aren't actually blocked when used to click on an "allow" prompt for installing a kernel extension.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Apple delays FaceTime group chats from iOS 12 to a ‘future software update’ - The Verge
Apple is delaying its FaceTime group chats feature. While FaceTime group chats were originally scheduled for the iOS 12 release, developer Guilherme Rambo has revealed the feature has been removed in the latest iOS 12 beta 7 release today. “Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12,” reads a note from Apple to developers, posted by Rambo. Apple says the feature “will ship in a future software update later this fall.”
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV - The Verge
This is a big deal for Amazon, which had previously refrained from partnering with any US pay-TV service to offer Amazon Prime Video. (The full scope of the deal is unclear at this point; neither partner revealed financial terms.) It’s arguably a bigger deal for Comcast, however. The partnership lets it remain relevant by allowing it to at least temporarily bypass the existential terror felt by cable providers in response to cord-cutting, the trend for viewers to shift from traditional cable television to streaming services.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Why Apple had a secret meeting with app developers in New York to discuss the App Store - INSIDER
The new way Apple wanted to promote: Instead of users paying for apps once, they'd pay on a regular basis, putting money into developer coffers on a regular schedule. Apple would still get a 30% cut of the subscription's cost, but if a customer continued to subscribe after a year, Apple's cut would go down to 15%.

At the meeting, Apple underscored that the app model was changing. The meeting touched on topics including launching, customer acquisition, testing and marketing, engagement, retention, monetization, and paid search ads.

An Apple representative said at the meeting that paid apps represent 15% of total app sales and is on the decline, according to a person who was there who did not want to be identified to maintain their relationship with Apple.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
A digital birth control app blamed for dozens of pregnancies just got FDA approval – VICE News
This is the first time the FDA has allowed a birth control app to market itself as a contraceptive.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
NVIDIA Reveals Next-Gen Turing GPU Architecture: NVIDIA Doubles-Down on Ray Tracing, GDDR6, & More
The marquee feature, at least for NVIDIA’s ProViz crowd, is on hybrid rendering, which combines ray tracing with traditional rasterization to exploit the strengths of both technologies.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
The Pudding
Leo's pick for MBW 8/7
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft Backtracks, Classic Skype Lives to See Another Day - Thurrott.com
The team says that this change is based on customer feedback but is ambiguous about the future of the platform. This is an awkward backward step for the Skype team as they previously said that Skype 8 had all the functionality that users needed but clearly that is not the case.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Apple Confirms 2018 MacBook Pro Keyboard Has 'Membrane' to 'Prevent Debris From Entering the Butterfly Mechanism' - Mac Rumors
In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors from multiple reliable sources, Apple has confirmed that the third-generation keyboard on 2018 MacBook Pro models is equipped with a "membrane" to "prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism."
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july 2018 by leolaporte
Apple’s iCloud user data in China is now handled by a state-owned mobile operator | TechCrunch
If you’re an Apple customer living in China who didn’t already opt out of having your iCloud data stored locally, here’s a good reason to do so now. That information, the data belonging to China-based iCloud users which includes emails and text messages, is now being stored by a division of China Telecom, the state-owned telco.
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july 2018 by leolaporte
Thingpedia - Supported Operations
Tool or tip? Not sure which show. Maybe TWiG.
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july 2018 by leolaporte
Apple discontinues its own photo printing service, recommends third-party Photos Projects apps instead | 9to5Mac
Apple is discontinuing its Photo Print Products service, which has been integrated into iPhoto since its launch in 2002. The service expanded from simple prints, to albums, photo books, and calendars. It stayed around on the Mac when iPhoto was replaced with the Photos app a couple of years ago, but the service never made the leap to iOS.
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july 2018 by leolaporte
Apple’s new MacBook Pros have the latest Intel processors and quieter keyboards - The Verge
The only laptops getting updates are the most expensive models, the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bars. There are no updates to the base 13-inch MacBook Pro model (which the community has taken to calling “MacBook Escape” because it has a real Esc key). There are no updates to the MacBook or the MacBook Air either.
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july 2018 by leolaporte
The App Store turns 10 - Apple
When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon that changed how people work, play, meet, travel and so much more. Over the past decade, the App Store has created a safe place for users of all ages to get the very best apps and a vibrant app economy for developers of all sizes, from all over the world, to thrive. Today, customers in 155 countries are visiting the App Store more often, staying longer and downloading and using more apps than ever before.
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july 2018 by leolaporte
Intel says 5G plans for iPhone are unchanged | VentureBeat
The updated report explains that Sunny Peak was not in fact a 5G modem, and did not — as initially claimed — combine 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth on one chip. Rather, the unannounced component is only a combined Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip and was expected to include support for 802.11ad WiGig Wi-Fi, but it ran into engineering issues. Internal communications reviewed by CTech suggested that Intel ceased work on the chip and reassigned its team to other projects, as Apple had been expected to be the major purchaser.
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july 2018 by leolaporte
Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up | TechCrunch
It’s doing this by using first-party data gathered by iPhones with a privacy-first methodology and its own fleet of cars packed with sensors and cameras. The new product will launch in San Francisco and the Bay Area with the next iOS 12 Beta and will cover Northern California by fall.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Jury: Dr. Dre's Beats headphones owes ex-partner $25 million
The suit said Lamar in 2006 came to Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, with the idea for celebrity-endorsed headphones. Attorneys for Lamar contended he was owed over $130 million for a dozen different models of headphones.
The defendants acknowledged that Lamar was involved in initial plans, but argued he was only owed for one product, the original Studio model, and was already paid.
“The jury really validated our theory of the case, that Mr. Lamar was involved in the founding of Beats,” Lamar’s attorney Stephen E. Morrissey said outside court. “It’s not everything we were asking for, but we’re happy.”
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Apple Eyes Streaming Bundle for TV, Music and News — The Information
As the next step, Apple is looking to bundle the digital news subscription offering with the video content it has begun producing and its Apple Music subscription service, which has grown to 40 million paid subscribers since 2015. It is unclear when Apple will unveil the new subscription offering, the people said. The company also would continue to allow subscribers to sign up for each of the services separately.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
The Real Reason Apple and Google Want You to Use Your Phone Less
With few exceptions, when a product harms people, consumers tend to use it less often or find better alternatives. The feature fight between these two tech rivals benefits everyone. The move to help users create healthy habits with their devices is an example of competition making products better.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Gadget makers are bracing for Trump’s trade war - The Verge
“Overall, I’m not sure how these tariffs do much other than hurt American technology manufacturing and make things harder for the smaller startups and hobbyist hackers,” Bhagat says.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Apple finally acknowledges ‘sticky’ keyboard issues on MacBooks, offering free fix and refunds for past repairs | 9to5Mac
Users that are experiencing any of the issues described above with their MacBook or MacBook Pro can get the servicing done free of charge through Apple stores or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. For anyone that was already experiencing the problem and had to pay for servicing through Apple, the company will be refunding customers the cost of the repair. The program will cover eligible MacBook and MacBook Pros for 4 years from the date of purchase.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones - Mac Rumors
The new Digital Key specification, which uses NFC, was developed to create a "robust ecosystem" around interoperable digital key use cases. It will let drivers lock, unlock, start the engine, and share access to their cars using smart devices like the iPhone with reliable user authentication methods.

It is a secure system that lets vehicle manufacturers transfer a digital key implementation to a smart device using a Trusted Service Manager infrastructure that leverages NFC distance bounding and a direct link to the secure element of the device. This kind of technology has a wide range of uses, such as car sharing and car rentals, along with key-free operation.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Why Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make - Bloomberg
One challenge is making sure the charger doesn’t overheat. Another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device’s development.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Unlike wireless chargers on the market today, the AirPower is designed to charge three devices simultaneously: an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods with a still-to-be-released wireless charging case.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Sensor Tower: Fortnite earned $100 million in its first 90 days on iOS | GamesBeat
Epic Games‘ hit game Fortnite has reached yet another milestone on mobile. Since its iOS launch in mid-March, it has generated $100 million in revenue on those devices in 90 days, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. Its presence on mobile will only grow, as the developer plans to roll it out to Android users this summer.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Apple fined $6.8M in Australia after Error 53 controversy - CNET
In April 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commenced a legal battle with Apple in the Federal Court of Australia. It said Apple violated customers' rights under Australian Consumer Law to repairs for devices bricked by Error 53.

Then, in June 2017, the ACCC conducted an undercover operation involving 13 calls with Apple retailers in Australia, in which Apple representatives allegedly said Apple did not have responsibility to remedy faulty iPhones repaired by an unauthorised third party.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
How Apple’s Tim Cook Became Tech’s Top Diplomat - The New York Times
The specter of Chinese retaliation against Apple has increased since the administration targeted the Chinese tech company ZTE for breaking American sanctions against Iran and North Korea. But the administration backed away from stiffer penalties this month and said it would fine ZTE $1 billion and install a compliance team picked by the United States.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
PSA: Apple Maps Has Been Down Several Hours, Directions and Search Not Working [Update: Resolved] - Mac Rumors
The issue appears to be widespread, with many users reporting that Apple Maps is down across the United States, Canada, and other countries. The outage affects all platforms with Apple Maps, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and CarPlay.

iPhone, iPad, and Mac users can simply use an alternative such as Google Maps or Waze in the meantime, but CarPlay doesn't currently support third-party mapping apps, something that is changing with iOS 12.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Oprah signs with Apple as new Hollywood content wars heat up
"Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world," the company said in a statement Friday. "Winfrey's projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple."
Apple did not specify whether Winfrey would appear in any of the shows, but she is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer. The company also declined to discuss financial aspects of the deal.
Apple said the deal will not affect Winfrey's contract with OWN, the television network she launched in 2011. Winfrey recently extended her contract there through 2025.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Apple bans cryptocurrency mining on the iPhone and iPad
Apple has added new language to its App Store review guidelines related to cryptocurrency. Under the Hardware Compatibility section, Apple now states that "apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining."
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june 2018 by leolaporte
I saw EA's new game streaming service, and it works - CNET
EA thinks this stripped-down approach could be the future of gaming. The promise, the company says, is for you to play games anywhere you can watch Netflix. In fact, the EA system uses practically the same technology as the movie-streaming service. Which is why the company starts showing me how people can play high-end games on low-end laptops, and even phones. 
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june 2018 by leolaporte
The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room - The Verge
Measuring just over 25 inches across, it’s much smaller than other soundbars. It looks nothing so much like a Dieter Rams-designed digital baguette. In black or white, it’s also less imposing than other soundbars, with rounded edges, subtle design touches like a seamless fabric grille that runs around the entire device, and an IR receiver that’s virtually impossible to see.

As this is Sonos’ second smart speaker (after the Sonos One), it has the necessary microphones for Alexa and, perhaps most intriguingly, just a single HDMI input.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Apple Podcasts now hosts more than 550,000 active shows | TechCrunch
Apple Podcasts currently hosts north of 550,000 active shows, a bump from the 525,000 the company reported back in April — that’s a considerable jump from the 3,000 programs it hosted when the program launched back in 2005. The new numbers include 18.5 million individual episodes representing 155 countries, in more than 100 languages.

Fifty billion episodes have been streamed/downloaded since launch — numbers that are certainly on the upswing. 2016 saw 10 billion, and last year’s number was 13.7 billion. The company also revealed today that Stuff You Should Know has officially become the first podcast to cross the fairly staggering 500 million download/stream mark.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
AirPods to get Live Listen feature in iOS 12 | TechCrunch
Live Listen support in AirPods is key. The inclusion of this feature makes AirPods more capable and more alluring; it’s significant given they are almost universally hailed as one of Apple’s best products in years. Soon, anyone — particularly someone with limited hearing — will have access to this feature without needing to buy dedicated hardware to get it.
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The Cost of Developers – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That is no longer the case today: Windows remains an important platform in the enterprise and for gaming (although Steam, much to Microsoft’s chagrin, takes a good amount of the platform profit there), but the company has no platform presence in mobile, and is in second place in the cloud. Moreover, that second place is largely predicated on shepherding existing corporate customers to cloud computing; it is not clear why any new company — or developer — would choose Microsoft.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Samsung Plans Camera Revamp for Aug. 9 Note Unveiling - Bloomberg
The new model, likely to be called the Note 9, will look similar to last year’s model, but will also include an upgraded processor from Qualcomm Inc. for some markets, the people said, asking not to be named discussing private information.

Samsung’s “Unpacked” event, which will be held in New York according to one of the people, comes about two weeks earlier this year than a similar occasion last year. The South Korean company aims to release the new model as early as the end of August, the people said, though plans could still shift. A Samsung spokesperson declined to comment about the event.
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june 2018 by leolaporte
Vevo to Shut Down Site, Giving in to YouTube Empire - Rolling Stone
The company announced in a blog post Thursday that it is shuttering its mobile apps and website, and that “going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities.” It will continue investing in original content and sponsorships, but phase out its own independently-operated platforms, it said. Read: Vevo is almost entirely succumbing to YouTube, the juggernaut that has long supplied most of its audience.
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may 2018 by leolaporte
Internal Documents Show Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Would Bend - Motherboard
The company found that the iPhone 6 is 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s, according to the documents. Koh wrote that “one of the major concerns Apple identified prior to launching the iPhones was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations.’”
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